SINGAPORE - A Malaysia-registered taxi was found to be carrying about 1.1kg of heroin at the Woodlands Checkpoint on July 27.
The vehicle was stopped by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers for routine checks at about 5pm.
ICA officers uncovered three bundles suspected to contain controlled drugs, and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers were immediately alerted.
The 52-year-old male taxi driver and the three passengers, a 25-year-old male, a 40-year-old female and a 56-year-old female, all Malaysians, were referred to CNB for further investigations.
Subsequently, a 29-year-old, a 43-year-old and a 48-year-old - believed to be the intended recipients of the drugs. A 54-year-old male suspected drug abuser was also arrested. All four are Singaporeans.
The bundles have an estimated street worth of more than $80,000. A small amount of cannabis, 'Ice' and cash of more than S$9,900 were also seized in the operation.
The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked is more than 15g.
ICA also added that 15g of diamorphine is equivalent to 1,250 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.